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From time to time Council releases nationally-agreed guidelines and/or publications in the areas of education, employment, training and youth affairs. Council also oversees national reporting in various areas, for example in the area of school education. Details of selected reports are provided below.

New releases
Adult community education
Cultural inclusion and indigenous education
Early childhood education and care
Gender equity
Higher education
Information and communications technologies
Languages Education
Measuring and reporting student performance
National goals for schooling
National Report on Schooling in Australia
Rural and remote education
Safe school environment
Schools Resourcing
Statements of Learning
Teachers and teaching
Transition from schools
Vocational education and training
Youth Affairs
Miscellaneous

New releases

National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework, September 2011 (690 kb)
This document articulates a rationale for consumer and financial education in Australian schools; describes essential consumer and financial capabilities that will support lifelong learning; and provides guidance on how consumer and financial education may be structured to support a progression of learning from Foundation–Year 10.

Eighteen Month Review of the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education (5203 kb)
Report by Allen Consulting Group and Statements by the Commonwealth and each State and Territory on the Allen Consulting Group Report October 2011

Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan, 2010 – 2014 (1175 kb)
The purpose of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Action Plan is to assist education providers to accelerate improvements in the education outcome of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story: Final project report of Stage 1 (801 kb)
This is the final report of Stage 1 of the project. It aims to highlight for policy makers the key findings from Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story. The report also aims to contribute relevant information to inform national and state and territory strategies, target information to priority groups, help define shared communications objectives and clarify parenting attitudes and behaviours that will help young children reach optimal outcomes.

Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story. Neuroscience and early childhodd development: Summary of selected literature and key messages for parenting (2976 kb)
This paper reports on recent neuroscience research in English-speaking countries into early brain development and the implications of these findings for the development of babies and young children. The paper consists of a literature search summary and a set of key messages with suggestions for positive parenting to maximise the contribution parents can make to their children’s development.

Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story: Research findings from a survey of parents of children from birth to age 8 (5469 kb)

Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story: Summary report (2007 kb)
A summary report presenting findings from an analysis of data on parenting initiatives in Australian states and territories.

National Assessment Program – Civics and Citizenship Assessment Framework May 2010 (891 kb)
This Assessment Framework is a revision of the NAP-CC Assessment Domain and was developed in consultation with the 2010 NAP Civics and Citizenship Review Committee,

NCVER, 2008 VET in Schools Statistics (355 kb)
This report provides data to enable the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) to monitor Key Performance Measures (KPMs) and Program Measures (PMs) for VET in Schools activity in Australia.

National Safe Schools Framework-2011 revision (4578 kb)

The Performance Management and Development of Teachers in Australia Schools - Report to the Teacher Quality Steering Group (4292 kb)
This research report was commissioned by the Quality Sustainable Teacher Workforce Working Group. The purpose of the research was to document existing performance management and development policies and practices to enable sharing of effective practice.


Adult community education

The Ministerial Declaration on Adult Community Education (2002)

2008 Ministerial Declaration on Adult Community Education


Cultural inclusion and indigenous education

Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan, 2010 – 2014 (1175 kb)
The purpose of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Action Plan is to assist education providers to accelerate improvements in the education outcome of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

Successful Transition Programs from Prior-to-School to School for ATSI Children (6362 kb)
"This report was commissioned by MCEETYA in 2004 to identify successful transition programs in indigenous communities. The findings support positive relationships utilising the set of guidelines that have been developed and the integration of programs. It encourages maximising of broad and flexible approaches and holistic engagement of families are some key principles to success in transition of Indigenous children."

Education, Training and Indigenous Futures – CAEPR Policy Research: 1990–2007 (819 kb)
During 2007, following an initiative of the Queensland Department of Education, Training and the Arts, MCEETYA through the Australian Education Systems Officials Committee (AESOC) commissioned a review of research undertaken by the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) and CAEPR Research Associates over the period 1990–2007.

Australian Directions in Indigenous Education 2005-2008 (632 kb)
Report approved by State, Territory and Commonwealth Ministers for Education and Training at the 20th MCEETYA Meeting on July 6 & 7 2006.

Education of Teachers of Indigenous Students in Early Childhood Services and Schools. MCEETYA Taskforce on Indigenous Education, Discussion Paper, June 2001 (344 kb)
Education of Teachers of Indigenous Students in Early Childhood Services and Schools. MCEETYA Taskforce on Indigenous Education, Discussion Paper, June 2001.

Effective Learning Issues for Indigenous Children Aged 0 to 8 Years, MCEETYA Taskforce on Indigenous Education Discussion Paper, June 2001. (478 kb)
Effective Learning Issues for Indigenous Children Aged 0 to 8 Years, MCEETYA Taskforce on Indigenous Education Discussion Paper, June 2001.

Exploring Multiple Pathways for Indigenous Students - Discussion Paper, MCEETYA Taskforce on Indigenous Education, June 2001 (461 kb)
Exploring Multiple Pathways for Indigenous Students - Discussion Paper, MCEETYA Taskforce on Indigenous Education, June 2001.

Agreement Template for School-Community Partnerships

A Model of More Culturally Inclusive and Educationally Effective Schools (98 kb)
A Model of More Culturally Inclusive and Educationally Effective Schools

National Strategy for the Education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (1997)
The Taskforce for Education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples began with the recommendations from the National Review for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.Recommendations have been cross-referenced to the 21 goals of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy (NATSIEP). Recommended reforms in the implementation, evaluation and arrangements across all of the goals.

National Statement for Engaging Young Australians With Asia in Australian Schools (2956 kb)

National statement of principles and standards for more culturally inclusive schooling in the 21st Century. MCEETYA, 2000 (102 kb)
National statement of principles and standards for more culturally inclusive schooling in the 21st Century. MCEETYA, 2000.

Discussion Paper: Achieving Educational Equality for Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2000 (463 kb)
Discussion Paper: Achieving Educational Equality for Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. MCEETYA Taskforce on Indigenous Education, Revised April 2000.

Report of MCEETYA Taskforce on Indigenous Education, 2000 (652 kb)
Report of MCEETYA Taskforce on Indigenous Education, March 2000. [The MCEETYA Taskforce Report on Indigenous Education (2000)]

Solid Foundations: Health and Education Partnership for Indigenous Children Aged 0 to 8 Years, MCEETYA 2001 (483 kb)
Solid Foundations: Health and Education Partnership for Indigenous Children Aged 0 to 8 Years. MCEETYA Taskforce on Indigenous Education Discussion Paper, June 2001.


Early childhood education and care

Eighteen Month Review of the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education (5203 kb)
Report by Allen Consulting Group and Statements by the Commonwealth and each State and Territory on the Allen Consulting Group Report October 2011

Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story: Final project report of Stage 1 (801 kb)
This is the final report of Stage 1 of the project. It aims to highlight for policy makers the key findings from Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story. The report also aims to contribute relevant information to inform national and state and territory strategies, target information to priority groups, help define shared communications objectives and clarify parenting attitudes and behaviours that will help young children reach optimal outcomes.

Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story. Neuroscience and early childhodd development: Summary of selected literature and key messages for parenting (2976 kb)
This paper reports on recent neuroscience research in English-speaking countries into early brain development and the implications of these findings for the development of babies and young children. The paper consists of a literature search summary and a set of key messages with suggestions for positive parenting to maximise the contribution parents can make to their children’s development.

Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story: Research findings from a survey of parents of children from birth to age 8 (5469 kb)

Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story: Summary report (2007 kb)
A summary report presenting findings from an analysis of data on parenting initiatives in Australian states and territories.


Gender equity

Gender Equity: A Framework for Australian Schools (1997)

National Action Plan for the Education of Girls 1993-97 (NAPEG)

National Policy for the Education of Girls in Australian Schools (1987)


Higher education

Higher Education: Good Practice Principles for Credit Transfer and Articulation, and Information Provision
MCEETYA has endorsed a series of initiatives to improve Credit Transfer and Articulation from VET to higher education. In particular, Council adopted "Good Practice Principles for Credit Transfer and Articulation" at its May 2005 meeting, and more recently at its July 2006 Meeting, adopted "Principles for Good Practice Information Provision on Credit Transfer and Articulation from VTE to higher education".

Independent Study of the Higher Education Review: Stage 2 Report, Volume 1, Executive Summary, 2003 (121 kb)
Independent Study of the Higher Education Review: Stage 2 Report. Volume 1 - The Current Situation in Australian Higher Education, Executive Summary, Phillips Curran Consulting, June 2003.

Independent Study of the Higher Education Review: Stage 2 Report, Volume 2, Executive Summary, 2003 (120 kb)
Independent Study of the Higher Education Review: Stage 2 Report. Volume 2 - The Current Situation in Australian Higher Education, Executive Summary, Phillips Curran Consulting, June 2003.

Higher Education: Good Practice Principles for Credit Transfer and Articulation
The report of the National Study on Credit Transfer from VET to higher education has now been released.

Independent Study of the Higher Education Review: Stage 2, Full Report. Volume 1, 2003 (619 kb)
Independent Study of the Higher Education Review: Stage 2 Full Report. Volume 1 - The Current Situation in Australian Higher Education, Phillips Curran Consulting, June 2003.

Independent Study of the Higher Education Review: Stage 2 Full Report, Volume 2, 2003 (665 kb)
Independent Study of the Higher Education Review: Stage 2 Full Report. Volume 2 - Potential Impact of the Higher Education Review, Phillips Curran Consulting, June 2003.

Higher Education: Good Practice Principles for Information Provision
The (formerly Draft) Principles for Good Practice Information on credit transfer and articulation were approved by State, Territory and Commonwealth Ministers for Education and Training at the 20th MCEETYA meeting in Brisbane in July 2006.

Revised National Protocols for Higher Education Approval Processes
Information on the National Protocols and revision process to date, including a link to the Revised Protocols as approved by State, Territory and Commonwealth Ministers for Education and Training at the 20th MCEETYA meeting in Brisbane on 6 & 7 July 2006. These Revised Protocols commence operation in December 2007, until which time the current National Protocols remain in force.

National Protocols for Higher Education Approval Processes � Submissions of Feedback
A recent consultation process which informed the Joint Committee on Higher Education�s (JCHE) recommendations for changes to the National Protocols which were considered by the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs in November 2005. Submissions of Feedback received have now been published online.

National Protocols for Higher Education Approval Processes, 2000 (58 kb)
National Protocols for Higher Education Approval Processes. The National Protocols for Higher Education Approval Processes were recommended by the Joint Committee on Higher Education and approved by the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) on 31 March 2000.


Information and communications technologies

AICTEC Charter of Principles for Cross-Sectoral Collaboration on Interoperabilityacross the Australian Education and Training Sectors (31 kb)
Principles for cross-sectoral collaboration on interoperability to support national, jurisdictional and organisational objectives endorsed by Australia’s education and training Ministers, through the Ministerial Council for Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) and the Ministerial Council for Vocational and Technical Education (MVTE) .

AICTEC Joint Ministerial Statement on Information and Communications Technologies in Australian Education and Training: 2008-2011 (29 kb)

AICTEC Learner Identity Management Framework Charter of Principles (21 kb)
AICTEC has developed a Charter of Principles for the Management of Learner Information, which has recently been endorsed by MCEETYA and the Ministerial Council for Vocational and Technical Education (MCVTE) (2006). This Charter provides guidance for education and training providers in relation to the access, management and transfer of learner information.

Building a Knowledge Culture (402 kb)
An education and training action plan for the information economy 2005-2007

Learning in an Online World: Bandwidth Action Plan (341 kb)
Bandwidth Action Plan: Learning in an Online World. National action is critical to achieving and managing the high bandwidth communication services fundamental to all schools realising the educational, management and administrative benefits of technological change. Learning in an online world 2003 – 06 requires a National Bandwidth Action Plan that addresses the provision of affordable high bandwidth data communication services to all Australian schools. Such provision is currently the main infrastructure priority.

Learning in an Online World: Bandwidth Implementation Plan (304 kb)
Bandwidth Implementation Plan 2004–05. The National Implementation Plan 2004–05 provides the detail critical to realising the intent of the action plan, including identification of opportunities for collaborative work with the other education sectors and Commonwealth agencies.

Learning in an Online World: Contemporary Learning (1008 kb)
Published 2005

Learning in an Online World: Content Specifications Framework (2028 kb)
Published 2006, following approval by State, Territory and Commonwealth Ministers for Education and Training at the 20th MCEETYA meeting in Brisbane on 6 & 7 July 2006.

Learning in an Online World: Content Strategy (280 kb)
This document sets out the vision and strategy of Ministers of Education in Australia and New Zealand for continued provision of online curriculum content beyond 2005.

Learning in an Online World: Leadership Strategy: (345 kb)
Published 2006, following approval by State, Territory and Commonwealth Ministers for Education and Training at the 20th MCEETYA meeting in Brisbane on 6 & 7 July 2006

Learning in an Online World: Learning Architecture Framework (969 kb)
Learning Architecture Framework: Learning in an online world. Learning in an online world 2003 – 06 articulates national priorities for action by schools and associated educational organisations. A key infrastructure priority is a Learning Architecture that supports teachers, students and administrators to effectively plan, design, deliver, assess and report.

Learning in an Online World: Learning Spaces Framework (1223 kb)
Published in April 2008 following out of session approval from State, Territory and Commonwealth Ministers for Education and Training

Learning in an Online World: Pedagogy Strategy (322 kb)
Pedagogy Strategy : Learning in an online world. Focuses on ICT as an enabler of good pedagogy. It highlights issues for consideration when planning for integration of ICT in the learning environment. MCEETYA, 2005.

Learning in an Online World: Research Strategy (195 kb)
Research Strategy: Learning in an online world. Learning in an online world 2003 – 06 articulates national priorities for action by schools and associated educational organisations. Innovative applications of technology will enable teachers and researchers to collaborate on advances in learning, and ensure that schooling sector research is easily accessible to teachers, parents and the community.

MCEETYA Joint Statement on Education and Training in the Information Economy (83 kb)
MCEETYA Joint Statement on Education and Training in the Information Economy.

National Assessment Program - ICT Literacy Years 6 & 10 Report (2005) (1818 kb)
The National ICT Literacy Sample Assessment for Year 6 and Year 10 students was conducted in October 2005, and results were released in December 2007

Open source software suitable for use in Australian and New Zealand schools (4574 kb)

Report of the Trial of Open Source Software Conducted at Grant High School South Australia (900 kb)

Total Cost of Ownership and Open Source Software: A Research paper (1458 kb)


Languages Education

NALSAS Strategy Phase 2 Strategic Plan 1999-2000. MCEETYA - NALSAS Taskforce, 2000 (97 kb)
NALSAS Strategy Phase 2 Strategic Plan 1999-2000. MCEETYA - NALSAS Taskforce, 2000. The plan for Phase 2 of the Strategy addresses these issues by focusing on the four strategic areas:Curriculum Delivery, Teacher Quality and Supply, Strategic Alliances and Outcomes and Accountability.

National Statement and Plan for Languages Education in Australian Schools 2005-2008

Partnership for Change: the NALSAS Strategy (1999)


Measuring and reporting student performance

Civics and Citizenship School Release Materials (2004)
The information and assessment materials in these documents have been designed to assist teachers to gauge their own students’ proficiency in civics and citizenship.

Science Literacy School Release Materials 2003
The information and assessment materials in this document have been designed to assist teachers to gauge their own students’ proficiency in scientific literacy.

ACER Report on Reporting and Comparing School Performances (Dec 2008) (3732 kb)
Paper prepared for the MCEETYA Expert Working Group to provide advice on national schools data collection and reporting for school evaluation, accountability and resource allocation.

National Report on Schooling in Australia 2008 Information Framework (126 kb)
This Information Framework specifies the areas to be reported in the National Report on Schooling in Australia (ANR) for 2008, focusing on the priority areas of performance measurement identified by Ministers.

National Benchmark Results: Reading and Numeracy, Years 3 and 5, 2000 (303 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2000. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading and Numeracy, Years 3 and 5. The publications reflect the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Year 7, 2001 (507 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2001. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Year 7. The publications reflect the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process. This edition now adds data for year 7 reading, writing and numeracy.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3 and 5, 2001 (190 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2001. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3 and 5. The publications reflect the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process. This edition now adds data for each of years 3 and 5, for reading, writing and numeracy.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7, 2002 (951 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2002. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7. The publications reflect the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process. This edition now adds data for each of years 3, 5 and 7, for all three areas, reading, writing and numeracy.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7, 2003 (2039 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2003. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7. The publications reflect the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process. This 2003 edition, like that for 2002, adds data for each of years 3, 5 and 7, for all three areas, reading, writing and numeracy and new data on the performance of students in metropolitan, provincial, remote and very remote areas.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7, 2004 (1026 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2004. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7. The publication reflects the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process. Release Date: 10 March 2006.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7, 2005 (4267 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2005. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7. The publication reflects the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7, 2006 (4303 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2006. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7. The publication reflects the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7, 2007 (4382 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2006. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7. The publication reflects the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process.

Benefits of International Studies of Student Achievement (21 kb)

Benefits of Participating in National Assessments (101 kb)

Development of a framework for key performance measures of student participation, transition, retention and completion/attainment
Development of a framework for key performance measures of student participation, transition, retention and completion/attainment - Reports to the NEPMT, December 1999, February 2000. Nigel Smart, Gerald Burke and Phillip McKenzie (Smart Consulting & Research and Monash University - ACER Centre for the Economics of Education and Training).

Geographic location changes in the transition from school to work
Geographic location changes in the transition from school to work, Roger Jones (Quantitative Evaluation and Design Pty Ltd), 2000. Does not necessarily represent the views of either MCEETYA Ministers or PMRT members.

Development of a common definition of, and approach to data collection on, the geographic location of students to be used for nationally comparable reporting of outcomes of schooling within the context of the 'National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-First Century'
Development of a common definition of, and approach to data collection on, the geographic location of students to be used for nationally comparable reporting of outcomes of schooling within the context of the "National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-First Century", Roger Jones (Quantitative Evaluation and Design Pty Ltd), 2000. Does not necessarily represent the views of either MCEETYA Ministers or PMRT members.

Geolocation Questions and Coding Index (a report on Geocoding Secondary Students' Home Addresses) November 2004
One of a number of reports commissioned by MCEETYA's Performance Measurement and Reporting Taskforce (PMRT) or its predecessor the National Education Performance Monitoring Taskforce (NEPMT). Does not necessarily represent the views of either MCEETYA Ministers or PMRT members.

Monitoring progress towards the National Goals for Schooling: Information and communication technology (ICT) skills and knowledge - Report to the NEPMT
Monitoring progress towards the National Goals for Schooling: Information and communication technology (ICT) skills and knowledge - Report to the NEPMT, Peter Cuttance and Shirley Stokes, 2000. Does not necessarily represent the views of either MCEETYA Ministers or PMRT members.

The Measurement of Language Background, Culture and Ethnicity for the Reporting of Nationally Comparable Outcomes of Schooling
The Measurement of Language Background, Culture and Ethnicity for the Reporting of Nationally Comparable Outcomes of Schooling. John Ainley et al (Australian Council for Educational Research), 2000. Does not necessarily represent the views of either MCEETYA Ministers or PMRT members.

NAP ICTL 2008 Assessment Exemplars Preface (559 kb)

NAP ICTL 2008 Report (1204 kb)

NAP ICT Lit Assessment Exemplars (492 kb)

Principles and Protocols for Reporting on Schooling in Australia, June 2009 (39 kb)
These protocols are intended to guide and inform the use and publication of data generated in the process of measuring the performance of schooling in Australia.

National Assessment Program, Civics and Citizenship, Years 6 and 10 2004: Technical Report (1556 kb)
This report describes the technical aspects of the National Civics and Citizenship Sample Assessment and summarises the main activities involved in the data collection, the data collection instruments and the analysis and reporting of the data

Civics and Citizenship Years 6 and 10 Report 2004
The National Civics and Citizenship Sample Assessment for Year 6 and Year 10 students was conducted in October 2004, and results were released on 19 December 2006.

National Assessment Program, Civics and Citizenship, Years 6 and 10 2007: Technical Report (1393 kb)
This report describes the technical aspects of the National Civics and Citizenship Sample Assessment and summarises the main activities involved in the data collection, the data collection instruments and the analysis and reporting of the data.

NAP Civics and Citizenship 2007, Year 10 Schools Release Material (2077 kb)
A selection of items used in the Year 10 National Civics and Citizenship School Assessment materials have been released from the 2007 National Assessment Program to enable teachers to administer the assessment tasks under similar conditions and to gauge their own students’ proficiency in relation to the national standards.

NAP Civics and Citizenship 2007, Year 6 Schools Release Material (2351 kb)
A selection of items used in the Year 6 National Civics and Citizenship School Assessment materials have been released from the 2007 National Assessment Program to enable teachers to administer the assessment tasks under similar conditions and to gauge their own students’ proficiency in relation to the national standards.

National Year 6 and Year 10 Civics and Citizenship Results 2007 (2822 kb)
The 2007 National Civics and Citizenship Sample Assessment report is the second to be published on Civics and Citizenship in the cycle of three-yearly sample assessments conducted by MCEETYA as part of its National Assessment Program (NAP). The assessment measured students’ civic knowledge and understanding and their citizenship participation skills and dispositions.

National Assessment Program – Civics and Citizenship Assessment Framework May 2010 (891 kb)
This Assessment Framework is a revision of the NAP-CC Assessment Domain and was developed in consultation with the 2010 NAP Civics and Citizenship Review Committee,

National Assessment Program - ICT Literacy Years 6 & 10 Report (2005) (1818 kb)
The National ICT Literacy Sample Assessment for Year 6 and Year 10 students was conducted in October 2005, and results were released in December 2007

National Assessment Program, ICTL, Years 6 and 10 2005: Technical Report (919 kb)
This report describes the technical aspects of the National ITC Literacy Sample Assessment and summarises the main activities involved in the data collection, the data collection instruments and the analysis and reporting of the data.

National Assessment Program Information and Communication Technology Literacy Years 6 and 10 - An Assessment Domain for ICT Literacy, PMRT, MCEETYA, 2005 (758 kb)
National Assessment Program Information and Communication Technology Literacy Years 6 and 10 - An Assessment Domain for ICT Literacy, PMRT, MCEETYA, 2008. The second national sample assessment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) literacy at Year 6 and Year 10 will occur in 2008. The assessment happens every three years and the first occurred in 2005.

National Year 6 Science Assessment Report, MCEETYA 2003 (731 kb)
National Year 6 Science Assessment Report, MCEETYA 2003. In 2003 a nationally comparable science assessment – the first designed, developed and carried out under the auspices of the national council of education ministers, the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) – was carried out. This assessment represents a new direction in national approaches to reporting on and celebrating the achievements of Australian students and schools.

National Assessment Program, Science, Year 6 2003: Technical Report (1257 kb)

Science Literacy Year 6 Report 2006 (6773 kb)
The National Assessment Program - Science Literacy Year 6 is one of a suite of national assessments (with ICT and Civics and Citizenship) which are conducted with a random sample of students in three-yearly cycles. This report was released on 21 November 2008.

NAP Science Literacy 2006, Year 6 Schools Release Material (5736 kb)
Some assessment items from the 2006 National Assessment Program – Science Literacy have been released, to enable teachers to administer these items under similar conditions and gauge their own students’ proficiency in relation to the national standards.

National Assessment Program, Science Literacy, Year 6 2006: Technical Report (2026 kb)
This report describes the technical aspects of the National Science Literacy Sample Assessment and summarises the main activities involved in the data collection, the data collection instruments and the analysis and reporting of the data.

NAPLAN 2008 - Full Report (15841 kb)
Reports the full range of student achievement against a common scale and uses a common set of tests to resolve the technical difficulties associated with equating State and Territory based tests.

NAPLAN 2008 - Assessement of Parent Perceptions of the NAPLAN Student Report (276 kb)
Colmar Brunton Research was commissioned by the Performance Measurement and Reporting Taskforce, on behalf of the Ministerial Council for Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, to conduct research to evaluate the 2008 NAPLAN student report. The overall aim of the research was to determine the extent to which parents of students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 understand the information communicated by the NAPLAN individual student reports.

NAPLAN2009-Full Report (19089 kb)

Parental Occupation Coding
Parental Occupation Coding, Dr Roger Jones, 2003. PMRT commissioned consultancy to consider whether it would be possible to improve the accuracy of the coding of detailed parental occupation information by coding it to a higher level of aggregation of ASCO, and whether providing parents with a set of defined categories of occupation ('self-coding') would provide a satisfactory alternative to seeking detailed information. Results and tables.

A Measurement Framework for National Key Performance Measures (2006) (66 kb)
Released August 2006, supercedes that of 2005. Key Performance Measures, Benchmarks and Standards, Target Setting, Review of the Key Performance Measures, Changes to the Measurement Framework, Managing the Reporting Demands on Schools, Maximising Benefits of Participation in National and International Assessments Current Key Performance Measures and Agreed Assessment and Data Collection Cycle.

A Measurement Framework for National Key Performance Measures (2005) (291 kb)
Key Performance Measures, Benchmarks and Standards, Target Setting, Review of the Key PerformanceMeasures, Changes to the Measurement Framework, Managing the Reporting Demands on Schools, Maximising Benefits of Participation in National and International Assessments Current Key Performance Measures and Agreed Assessment and Data Collection Cycle. Released November 2005, supercedes that of 2003.

Options for the assessment and reporting of primary students in the key learning area of science to be used for the reporting of nationally comparable outcomes of schooling within the context of the National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-First Century. (81 kb)
Download the 2000 Summary, and the Report, here. Presented by Professor Samuel Ball, Principal Consultant and Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne; Professor Ian Rae, Project Manager and Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne and Professor Jim Tognolini, Consultant Science Testing, University of New South Wales.

A Measurement Framework for National Key Performance Measures (131 kb)
Released May 2007, supercedes that of 2006. Key Performance Measures, Benchmarks and Standards, Target Setting, Review of the Key Performance Measures, Changes to the Measurement Framework, Managing the Reporting Demands on Schools, The National Assessment Program, Assessment Cycle, Current Key Performance Measures and Agreed Assessment and Data Collection Cycle.

PMRT Measurement Framework for National Key Performance Measures (2008) (378 kb)
The Measurement Framework for National Key Performance Measures sets out a basis for reporting progress towards the achievement of the National Goals by Australian school students by drawing on the agreed definitions of Key Performance Measures. The core of the Framework is a schedule setting out the Key Performance Measures and an agreed assessment and reporting cycle for the period 2006–2014.

Key Performance Measures (KPMs) in Civics and Citizenship Education
Key Performance Measures (KPMs) in Civics and Citizenship Education. Murray Print and John Hughes (Centre for Research and Teaching in Civics, University of Sydney), 2001. Does not necessarily represent the views of either MCEETYA Ministers or PMRT members.

MCEETYA Performance Measurement and Reporting Taskforce: Protocols for Publishing PMRT Documents, 2004 (25 kb)
MCEETYA Performance Measurement and Reporting Taskforce: Protocols for Publishing PMRT Documents. May 2004. The purpose of these protocols is to assist in providing guidance to PMRT members and Sub-groups in relation to seeking approval for the publication of documents of the Performance Measurement and Reporting Taskforce (PMRT) or of its predecessor the National Education Performance Monitoring Taskforce (NEPMT). These protocols complement the MCEETYA Principles and Protocols Handling of MCEETYA documents and the AESOC Protocols for Publishing Research and Project Reports.

Performance Measurement and Reporting Taskforce: National Sample Assessment Protocols (108 kb)
MCEETYA Performance Measurement and Reporting Taskforce: National Sample Assessment Protocols. These protocols represent a working guide for planning and implementing national sample assessments in connection with the national Key Performance Measures (KPMs) and are intended for agencies involved in planning or conducting national sample assessments and personnel responsible for administering associated tenders or contracts.

Sampling for National Surveys in Education
Sampling for National Surveys in Education. Martin Murphy and Wolfram Schulz, Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER), 2006. The paper does not necessarily present the views of either MCEETYA Ministers or PMRT members.

The Measurement of Socioeconomic Status for the reporting of Nationally Comparable Outcomes of Schooling
The Measurement of Socioeconomic Status for the reporting of Nationally Comparable Outcomes of Schooling. Gary N Marks, Julie McMillan, Frank L Jones and John Ainley (ACER and Research School of Social Sciences, ANU), 2000. Does not necessarily represent the views of either MCEETYA Ministers or PMRT members.

Measuring Student Well-Being in the Context of Australian Schooling (729 kb)

Target setting in school education
Target setting in school education - A discussion paper, Denis Muller (Denis Muller & Associates), 2001. Does not necessarily represent the views of either MCEETYA Ministers or PMRT members.


National goals for schooling

Australia's Common and Agreed Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-first Century
A review of the 1989 Common and Agreed Goals for Schooling in Australia (The "Hobart Declaration")

MCEETYA Four Year Plan, 2009–2012 (276 kb)
Companion document for the Melbourne Declaration on Education for Young Australians

Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, December 2008 (955 kb)
On 5 December 2008, State, Territory and Commonwealth Ministers of Education meeting as the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, released the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians which sets the direction for Australian schooling for the next 10 years.

The Adelaide Declaration (1999) on National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-First Century

The Hobart Declaration (1989)


National Report on Schooling in Australia

National Report on Schooling in Australia 2004
This website, and the associated hard copy reports, informs the Australian people on progress towards the achievement of the National Goals for Schooling in Australia.

Publication Procedures for the Annual National Report on Schooling in Australia (ANR) (35 kb)
Publication Procedures for the Annual National Report on Schooling in Australia (ANR). Details writing guidelines, consultation, approval and publication processes.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Year 7, 2001 (507 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2001. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Year 7. The publications reflect the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process. This edition now adds data for year 7 reading, writing and numeracy.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3 and 5, 2001 (190 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2001. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3 and 5. The publications reflect the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process. This edition now adds data for each of years 3 and 5, for reading, writing and numeracy.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7, 2002 (951 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2002. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7. The publications reflect the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process. This edition now adds data for each of years 3, 5 and 7, for all three areas, reading, writing and numeracy.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7, 2003 (2039 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2003. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7. The publications reflect the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process. This 2003 edition, like that for 2002, adds data for each of years 3, 5 and 7, for all three areas, reading, writing and numeracy and new data on the performance of students in metropolitan, provincial, remote and very remote areas.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7, 2004 (1026 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2004. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7. The publication reflects the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process. Release Date: 10 March 2006.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7, 2005 (4267 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2005. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7. The publication reflects the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7, 2006 (4303 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2006. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7. The publication reflects the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process.

National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7, 2007 (4382 kb)
National Report on Schooling in Australia 2006. Preliminary Paper: National Benchmark Results: Reading, Writing and Numeracy, Years 3, 5 and 7. The publication reflects the continuing development of the benchmark reporting process.

National Year 6 Science Assessment Report 2003
Ms Katy Gallagher MLA, Minister for Education and Training, ACT, released on Thursday 1 September 2005 the 2003 National Science Assessment results for Year 6 students on behalf of the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA).

National Report on Schooling in Australia 2000

National Report on Schooling in Australia 2001
This website, and the associated hard copy reports, informs the Australian people on progress towards the achievement of the National Goals for Schooling in Australia. 'National Report on Schooling in Australia 2001.

National Report on Schooling in Australia 2002
This website, and the associated hard copy reports, informs the Australian people on progress towards the achievement of the National Goals for Schooling in Australia. 'National Report on Schooling in Australia 2002.

National Report on Schooling in Australia 2003
This website, and the associated hard copy reports, informs the Australian people on progress towards the achievement of the National Goals for Schooling in Australia. Includes 2003 National Literacy and Numeracy Benchmarks year 3, 5 and 7. 'National Report on Schooling in Australia 2003'

National Report on Schooling in Australia 1989 - 1995

National Report on Schooling in Australia 1996

National Report on Schooling in Australia 1997

National Report on Schooling in Australia 1998

National Report on Schooling in Australia 1999


Rural and remote education

National Framework for Rural and Remote Education (73 kb)
National Framework for Rural and Remote Education, Developed by the MCEETYA Task Force on Rural and Remote Education, Training, Employment and Children's Services. Introduction, The Nation Framework for Rural and Remote Education, Conclusion.


Safe school environment

National Safe Schools Framework, 2003 (219 kb)
National Safe Schools Framework, Prepared by the Student Learning and Support Services Taskforce, 2003. The National Safe Schools Framework incorporates existing good practice and provides an agreed national approach to help schools and their communities address issues of bullying, harassment, violence, and child abuse and neglect.

National Safe Schools Framework-2011 revision (4578 kb)


Schools Resourcing

Funding for English as a Second Language for New Arrival Students
Discussion Paper prepared by MCEETYA's Schools Resourcing Taskforce (SRT).

Resourcing the National Goals for Schooling. An Agreed Framework of Principles for Funding Schools (426 kb)
Resourcing the National Goals for Schooling. An Agreed Framework of Principles for Funding Schools. Preamble, framework and detail of the five principles. 3 page pamphlet.

Resourcing the National Goals For Schooling – Stage Two Report (2970 kb)
May 2005. Prepared by the Schools Resourcing Taskforce Secretariat for MCEETYA.

School Socio-economic Density and its Effect on School Performance (3812 kb)
Report from March 2006 by the Schools Resourcing Taskforce (SRT), released August 2006.


Statements of Learning

The Statements of Learning
In August 2006, MCEETYA Ministers approved the release of the Statements of Learning for English, Mathematics, Science, Civics and Citizenship, and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).


Teachers and teaching

A National Framework for Professional Standards for Teaching, 2003 (166 kb)
This current National Framework for Professional Standards for Teaching provides an architecture within which generic, specialist and subject-area specific professional standards can be developed at National, and State and Territory levels.

The Performance Management and Development of Teachers in Australia Schools - Report to the Teacher Quality Steering Group (4292 kb)
This research report was commissioned by the Quality Sustainable Teacher Workforce Working Group. The purpose of the research was to document existing performance management and development policies and practices to enable sharing of effective practice.

Rewarding Quality Teaching Report (1284 kb)
The Rewarding Quality Teaching report was commissioned to inform the development and implementation of new teacher pay arrangements.

Draft. School Teacher Demand and Supply Primary and Secondary, 1998 (489 kb)
Draft. School Teacher Demand and Supply Primary and Secondary, prepared by National Teacher Supply and Demand Working Party Conference of Education System Chief Executive Officers. July 1998

School Teacher Demand and Supply: Primary and Secondary (1999)
The first national report on teacher supply and demand titled "School Teacher Demand and Supply: Primary and Secondary" provides an overview of national teacher supply and demand issues affecting both government and non-government sectors. July 1998.

The state of the teacher labour market in selected overseas countries (99 kb)
The state of the teacher labour market in selected overseas countries: United Kingdom, United States of America, New Zealand, Canada.

Demand and Supply of Primary and Secondary School Teachers in Australia (2001)
The second national report on teacher supply and demand titled "Demand and Supply of Primary and Secondary School Teachers in Australia" provides an overview of national teacher supply and demand issues affecting both government and non-government sectors. July 2001.

Demand and Supply of Primary and Secondary School Teachers in Australia (2003)
Demand and supply of primary and secondary school teachers in Australia, 2003. Consideration of issues around the supply and demand for teachers now falls under the terms of reference of the Teacher Quality and Educational Leadership Taskforce (TQELT), established at the twelfth MCEETYA meeting in July 2001.

Demand and Supply of Primary and Secondary School Teachers in Australia (2004) - full report (6843 kb)

Teachers for the Future - The Changing Nature of Society and Related Issues for the Teaching Workforce (3424 kb)
Teachers for the Future - The Changing Nature of Society and Related Issues for the Teaching Workforce. September 2004.


Transition from schools

Career and Transition Services Framework: An Effective National Approach to Youth Transitions (2003)

Stepping Forward: Improving Pathways for all Young People (2003)


Vocational education and training

National Data on Participation in VET in Schools Programs & School-based New Apprenticeships - Data Reports for School Years 2002, 2003 & 2004

National Women's Vocational Education and Training Strategy (March 1996)

Vocational Education and Traning in Schools 2005 data (527 kb)
A report prepared by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) on VET in Schools activity in Australia in 2005.

NCVER, 2006 VET in Schools Statistics (452 kb)
This report provides data to enable the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) to monitor Key Performance Measures (KPMs) and Program Measures (PMs) for VET in Schools activity in Australia.

NCVER, 2007 VET in Schools Statistics (411 kb)
This report provides data to enable the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) to monitor Key Performance Measures (KPMs) and Program Measures (PMs) for VET in Schools activity in Australia.

NCVER, 2008 VET in Schools Statistics (355 kb)
This report provides data to enable the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) to monitor Key Performance Measures (KPMs) and Program Measures (PMs) for VET in Schools activity in Australia.

New framework for vocational education in schools - Implementation, MCEETYA, 2001 (105 kb)
New framework for vocational education in schools - Implementation, MCEETYA, 2001.

New framework for vocational education in schools. MCEETYA, 2001 (194 kb)
New framework for vocational education in schools. A comprehensive guide about pathways for young Australians in transition. POLICY DIRECTIONS. MCEETYA, 2001.


Youth Affairs

Contributing and Changing: Young People's Involvement in Government Planning and Decision Making


Miscellaneous

AICTEC Learner Identity Management Framework Charter of Principles (21 kb)
AICTEC has developed a Charter of Principles for the Management of Learner Information, which has recently been endorsed by MCEETYA and the Ministerial Council for Vocational and Technical Education (MCVTE) (2006). This Charter provides guidance for education and training providers in relation to the access, management and transfer of learner information.

Common School Starting Age Report
The Common School Starting Age Project was commissioned to investigate the costs, benefits, risks and opportunities associated with implementing a common school starting age. This Report was approved for publication at the July 2006 MCEETYA Meeting.

Data Implementation Manual 2007 Complete (1573 kb)
The 2007 edition of the manual is to be used by schools and school systems when enrolling students for the first time in the 2007 school year or when collecting information, via special data collection forms, on those students who are involved in national testing in 2007.

Financial Literacy Framework (220 kb)
2009 revision to The National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework which was originally developed for the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) in 2005 to articulate further the learning needed to fulfil the National Goals of Schooling 1999.

Developing Lifelong Learners in the Middle Years of Schooling (4705 kb)
A report about the practices, processes, strategies and structures that best promote 'lifelong learning' and the development of 'lifelong learners' in the middle years of schooling.

National Code on Commercial Sponsorship and Promotion in School Education (1992)

National Education and the Arts Statement
The National Education and the Arts Statement is the result of a joint resolve by both the Cultural Ministers’ Council (CMC) and MCEETYA in 2005 to set down a vision for the future of education and the arts in Australia.

National Statement for Engaging Young Australians With Asia in Australian Schools (2956 kb)

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant LP0454080 Research Papers
A suite of research papers developed by Professor David Andrich and Murdoch University to resolve a range of issues associated with the assessment of writing and, in particular, variation in marking and differences in the marking keys. The grant tested the hypothesis that, in the reporting of writing benchmark data, each year's test results caused variations to the length of the reporting scale. This resulted in considerable problems with equating and unexpected variations in the percentage of students reported as achieving the benchmark.

Staying on at school: Improving student retention in Australia, 2004 (950 kb)
Staying on at school: Improving student retention in Australia. Report for the Queensland Department of Education and the Arts by Stephen Lamb, Anne Walstab, Richard Teese, Margaret Vickers & Russ Rumberger. Centre for Post-compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning, The University of Melbourne. August 2004.

Staying on at school: Improving student retention in Australia, 2004 (Summary Report) (516 kb)
Staying on at school: Improving student retention in Australia. Summary report by Stephen Lamb, Anne Walstab, Richard Teese, Margaret Vickers & Russ Rumberger. Centre for Post-compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning, The University of Melbourne. August 2004.


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